Latest Discussions : Windows & Doors

brian999

10:43AM | 03/05/02
Member Since: 03/04/02
1 lifetime posts
Hey Bob, Love your show. Can you tell me if they have come out with a product to replace charming old 1950s iron casement windows. They are 51 1/2 x 35 1/2 or so, about 1/2 inch thick, and have a nailing flange such that they fasten to the outside of the structure. I thought about putting vinyl replacements in their but all of the vinyls are 3 inches thick and would take up the existing interior window sills. Plus vinyl isn't much charactor compared to those old crank outs. Does anyone make a metal replacement product?
Thanks. Brian - A Fan in NC.

BillOH

06:42AM | 08/15/02
Member Since: 07/21/02
48 lifetime posts
Brian, you are a glutton for punishment! We've had two homes with the steel casements, they have to be the worst window ever made, only exceeded by the aluminum ones. In both cases we replaced them with vinyl replacements (double hung) and have been extremely happy and grateful to have the steel monsters gone. In our shopping we've never seens anything remotely like the old ones made for a house. Perhaps some of the barn sashes would be similar but I don't think you want them in your house. Just my opinion.

Bill

WindowGuy

02:20AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/25/02
12 lifetime posts
Homes built in the 50's commonly used steel windows because after the war steel was readily available and ended in the early 60's. I agree with Bill, they were the worst and not much on charm, however if you like them change the cranks that are probably striped.

JasonP

04:02AM | 12/08/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts
Greetings Brian,

I would recomend that you look into a vinyl clad, wood casement, replacement windows, with a nail flange that will be made to fit the opening that you have now!

They do make them with a 2 1/2" jamb width.

With insulated glass and muntins between them, you will be well served.

Good luck,
Jason



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